Although most of us are daunted by the idea of a snake encounter, the majority of snakes found in urban or suburban neighborhoods are not dangerous. Still, it is always best to consult a professional if there is a snake in or on your property.
Non-Venomous vs. Venomous
Snakes are scaly reptiles who move by sliding across the ground and flick their tongue to smell or sense the air.
Common non-venomous snakes in the Southeast are rat snakes and garter snakes. They have narrow shaped heads, round pupils, and feed on insects, small rodents and eggs.
Venomous snakes like copperheads, cottonmouths, rattlesnakes, or coral snakes have triangle shaped heads and more elliptical shaped pupils.
Where They Live
Snakes prefer dark areas near damp zones and thrive on thick vegetation where it is easy for them to hide and hunt. If you live in an area native to snakes and your home is adjacent to hearty vegetation, snakes might find your land attractive. They’re drawn to dark hiding spots like wood piles, sheds, debris or basements.
Snakes may enter a yard or a home seeking food or looking for a safe shelter to digest their meal or hibernate during the winter.
How We Can Help
If you suspect you have a venomous snake in your yard or inside your home, we encourage you to reach out to us immediately. Though snakes will mostly attack when cornered, a venomous bite can be lethal.
At Peachtree Pest Control, we approach snakes with an IPM strategy, which includes trapping, removal, and exclusion. If you have a snake in your yard or your home, Peachtree Pest Control can help you solve the problem in the safest and most humane way possible.
Steps to Take After Snake Removal
Once the snake has been removed, you can take other steps to make your yard less hospitable and prevent them from entering your home. Try to clean up any debris or clutter that might serve as excellent hidings spots and cut back excessive growth in bushes or brush near your house. Seal gaps where snakes may have access below your house or your deck. Inside your home, make sure any stored food or pet food is sealed in rodent-proof containers.
To learn more and to find out how we can help, contact us today.